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Friday, October 23, 2015

Read-along: The Witch of Salem, what inspired the Crucible (Librivox)

Hello folks. It is near Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, here in the US.
I don't really celebrate it. I think ghost stories and scary stories and supernatural and all that stuff, are for year round consumption!

A year or two ago, to get over my aggressive playing of MMORPGs, I began knitting or drawing and listening to audiobooks and youtube vids.
Librivox is a great place for free audiobooks, most in the public domain. A lot of them are books written prior to the 1900s, and many are from the 1800s. I love antique and period writings.

Anyway, I am currently reading a fiction called The Witch of Salem, by John R Musick. It's a lil' rough at times, as writers from before 1900 tended to blather on with flowery language. You get used to it after a while. However, the characters are interesting and it gives an interesting perspective into how people may have felt about that Witch Trial business while it was happening.
Best of all, it takes place in my home state, Massachusetts! I love stories that take place in New England and New York, particularly.

Anyway, here is the link to where you can 'read' it: https://librivox.org/the-witch-of-salem-by-john-r-musick/
Here is where I'm 'reading' it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCMdFElWEAc
I am 4 hrs and 45 minutes into the reading, out of a total of about 9 hours.

Word of warning, his opinion in his writing of Native Americans and African Americans is quite racist (and ironic, considering he is speaking of persecution!) If you can get past that, its a decent immersive tale about rising hysteria and bigotry in this small New England town.

Don't you miss the days when people read to you? Audiobooks are awesome like that.

-JTP/MNR

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bought art supplies: Turpenoid, Oct 20

Wheee.

I finally bought art supplies! I am trying to get my work out there, and so I am going to make youtube videos soon.
I want my first youtube video to be either my art supply purchase unboxing, or a timelapse of me drawing/painting something.

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This recent haul is from Jerry's Artarama. I'm trying out different art supply websites, now that I am doing more traditional drawings and paintings. I will post when I have some progress on this video stuff.

Anyway, I got this from Dick Blick off of Amazon for about $19. It is 16oz, Weber Natural Turpenoid. I already have a 32oz plastic container, but I"m running low. I thought 16oz would be... larger than this .But what can you do. Hahah.



-JTP/MNR

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Instagram and Inktober

I have an instagram account! Please visit it for up to date drawings and sketches.
I have been using it for inktober, lately.
Inktober is when artists all over use ink and pigmented media and make ink sketches and drawings.
#inktober!

Here's my latest instagram inktober pic.
https://instagram.com/p/8w48SzsQWH/ - Inktober Day 8, the Steampunk Botanical Engineer

-JTP/MNR